NC #596 Amazon Comes Through, Apple Watch Exercise Solved, VoiceOver on Apple Watch, Dumb Questions on Power Supplies and Desktop and Document Syncing

In this week’s show, Denise Crown will tell us her story of woe that turned into a good onya story about Amazon, Lindsay explains how to fix the Apple Watch when it doesn’t want to show you your exercise minutes, I’ll tell you what to do if your Apple Watch starts talking to you and the screen goes black. Then in Dumb Question Corner, Steve (Sheridan) answers Steve (Davidson’s) question on which end you’re supposed to plug into a power supply first. Then I answer Steve (Davidson’s) question for his father on how to get his Documents and Desktop back on his Mac after accidentally turning on syncing in Sierra.


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Jump Start Your Car with the Portable PowerAll Power Bank

Powerall power bank jump starter batteryBack in 2014, I sent a link to my mechanic, Honda Bob, to a product that I thought was a joke. It was a small, portable battery that supposedly you could use to jump start your car. Like I said, I assumed it was a joke, but he immediately bought one to test it out. He reported back with a blog post about how it actually worked!
The device is called the PowerAll Power Bank, and it comes in two sizes, 16,000mAh and 12,000mAh.

After Honda Bob’s vote of approval, I bought one for each of our cars, and for each of our kids cars.

You might be asking yourself why I’m telling you about this again if you’ve already heard about it in 2014.

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George Pulls the Pig’s Tail

George from Tulsa is back with another guest post:


In her July 31 review of the Netgear Nighthawk X8 Router, Denise mentioned a couple of problems to be solved, and I’m here to offer some suggestions and experience that might help.

Denise has a problem with “power bricks that block other outlets,” and I say Amen to that.

The solution that usually works for me is a pigtail. As an electronics “consumer” you’re more likely to see it advertised as a “Power Strip Liberator.”

I’ve been using the Coleman Cable’s 8-Inch Power Strip Liberator. They’re colorful, there’s a tiny light in one end that until it burns out tells at a glance if your device is plugged and powered, and they’re only ten bucks for three at the Amazon link in the Shownotes. There’s many similar products in real and virtual stores; I first saw the Colemans at Wallyworld.

Denise also mentioned “runaway bandwidth” that happens unpredictably, several times a year.

Been there, identified some.
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